We pioneered the world’s first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine – a style that has since changed the course of New Zealand's wine industry. The skill and dedication of the Brancott Estate winemaking team - led by Chief Winemaker Patrick Materman, is evident in every bottle of Brancott Estate wine, as is the care and respect for the land and natural resources that allow each and every one to be created.
The New Zealand falcon (Karearea) is rarer than a kiwi and is New Zealand’s most endangered bird of prey. These natural predators are an excellent resource in the vineyard, deterring other birds from damaging grape crops. Since 2010, Brancott Estate has supported the Marlborough Falcon Trust’s efforts to restore that Karearea population in Marlborough by donating $1 from the sale of every bottle of Brancott Estate Living Land, our organic wine range. At the end of 2013, we had donated around $300,000 to the Trust. In addition to providing financial support, Brancott Estate has also provided the Marlborough Falcon Trust… Continue reading →
When Brancott Estate set about designing its Heritage Centre in 2011, it did so with environmental sustainability firmly in mind. Designed to integrate seamlessly into the existing natural landscape and showcase Brancott Vineyard, the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre uses locally quarried rock on the roof (90m3) which blends the building into the landscape and reflects heat from the Marlborough summer sunshine. The commitment to energy-efficiency and environmental considerations are some of the reasons Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is the first Marlborough Cellar Door to earn Enviro Award Gold from Qualmark, the official quality assurance system for the New Zealand tourism… Continue reading →
The Kaituna wetland, on our Kaituna vineyard, near Renwick, is one of the largest remaining spring-fed wetlands in Marlborough. Covering 10 hectares, it is home to many native birds, including tuis and pukekos, as well as the endemic and threatened New Zealand long-finned eels. In 2001, our vineyard teams began regenerating the wetlands, initially developing the three main ponds and terraces, by clearing away non-native plants and replanting native wetland flora. We have also undertaken pest eradication to reduce the number of stoats and possums that threaten native birds. In 2008, we entered into a three-year partnership with Marlborough District… Continue reading →